Imam Hasan Al-Mujtaba (a.s.)
The birth of Imam Hasan Mujtaba (as), the 2nd infallible successor of Prophet Mohammad (saww) was a very sweet and pleasant occasion. It was a joyful event for the blessed family, since Imam Hasan (as) was the first grandson of the Prophet, and certainly a gift from God
Responsibility in Ghaibat
In the period of occultation (Gaibat) of Imam Mahdi (a.s.), we all Shiah’s have certain responsibilities and duties to fulfill. Many books have been written on this aspect.
AL-ABBAS IBN ALI
“My master, I have some last wishes to express. When I was born, I had my first look at your face and it is my last desire that when I die, my gaze may be on it, too.
DIVINE KNOWLEDGE OF IMAM ALI REZA (A.S.)
He inherited the knowledge of his grandfather the Messenger of God (S.A.W.), thus becoming its pioneering fountainhead that quenched the thirst of those who were thirsty for knowledge.
DIFFERENT ASPECT OF ISLAM OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H)
From the first, Islam has said that it is the last message, and Muslims have accepted this fact with wisdom and with love, and have realized that Islam is the last manifestation of revelation prophethood and the culmination of the former pure religions Also, all Muslims, on the basis of ayahs in the Qur’an and hadith believe that the prophet of Islam is the last messenger of Allah who was the recipient of human leadership.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
“What is your opinion regarding the sneeze?”
“Though apparently it comes out through the nose, actually it comes out from all over the body. Have you not observed that the whole body shakes during a sneeze? Remember! The person who sneezes, is assured of health for seven days.”
The Physician asked, “What do you say about rice?”
“It widens the intestines and it is beneficial in piles,” replied the Imam.
“What is your opinion about grapes and raisins?”
“They strengthen the muscles of the body, maintain the strength in the eyes, and the heart remains healthy.”
“What things are harmful to the body?”
“Firstly, dry and smelly meat, secondly, taking a bath on a full stomach. Thirdly, copulating with an aged woman. Sometimes, these even cause the death of man.”
“Please inform us about some cure.”
“Wash the hands thoroughly after eating and rub them over the eyes.”
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sheikh Muhsin Gharavian was once granted audience in the presence of Ayatullah al-Udhma Shaikh Muhammad Taqi Behjat (may the Almighty prolong his blessed presence amongst us) and asked him: “O Scholar! Despite our advanced age we haven’t have yet experienced the pleasure of worship especially the sweetness of communication with God in salaat. According to your opinion what should we do to experience even a little pleasure of what our Infallible Imams have promised us?”
His eminence nodded his head and said: (Dear son) “Actually this is a universal problem. All of us are plagued with this ailment.”
The Sheikh was not satisfied with the answer and requested him for more
concrete advice: “Our status differs from that which you have achieved; you’ve attained the heights of spirituality while we are the beginners! what should we do?”
His Eminence said: “May be I also wish I could acquire your status!”
Not contented with the self-effacing answer, he requested for more clarification. His Eminence replied: “In order to acquire the necessary concentration in Salaah one should observe
a) certain pre-requisites before Salaah and
b) certain discipline during Salaah.
a) Before Salaah one should observe Taqwa (God consciousness) and one should abstain from all sins that lead to darkening of the God-given purity of heart. SINS POLLUTE THE PURITY OF THE HEART and therefore reduce the luminosity of the heart.
b) During Salaah one should erect a “high security wire” around one’s heart such that no unwanted trespasser (distracting devilish thoughts) is allowed inside the holy sanctuary of the heart. One’s thoughts should be intensely directed towards God and none other than Him should be allowed in. And if one’s thoughts start straying, immediately the moment one comes to know, one should guide these towards the right direction.
Once His Eminence was asked as to how to increase concentration in one’s daily prayers?
Initially His Eminence put his face down and then raised his head and responded: “The oil in the lamp seems to be low!”Meaning that the Ma’refat (awareness) of the All- Magnificent One is not enough (as to experience the sweetness of spiritual communication) and therefore needs to be enriched and one’s Imaan (faith) is weak and hence needs to be strengthened.
Ustad Khusro Shaahi quotes: “Once His Eminence was asked how can we create in ourselves concentration during prayers?”
His Eminence replied: “One of the factors which help create concentration is by excercising control over our physical senses (i.e. EYES, EARS, TONGUE etc.) throughout the day since concentration can only be created through proper preliminary requirements which include the close monitoring of the physical senses.”
On one occasion His Eminence Ayatullah al-Udhma Behjat was asked:
“What should we do in order to obtain the state of total obedience to God’s commands especially His command that states in Sura Muminoon, Verses 1-2 - “Indeed successful are the Believers, those who humble themselves in their prayers” How can a believer acquire this lofty state of humility?”
His Eminence replied: “At the beginning of prayers one should sincerely seek intercession of the Awaited Imam of the time (May the Almighty hasten his re-appearance and include us from his helpers) and perform the prayers in its required manner.”
And finally when His Eminence Ayatullah Al-Udhma Behjat was asked: “How does one achieve a presence of mind in Salaat and obtain control over one's thoughts and feelings?”
His Eminence wrote back in reply:
“In His Name, the Exalted the moment when you acquire attention (towards your Lord) do not allow it to disappear.”
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The day also marks the first time that our 4th Imam, Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.) smiled and rejoiced after the tragic events of Karbala in which he saw his entire family and loyal friends murdered in cold blood by Ibne Ziyaad, Umar ibne Sa’d, Yazid ibne Mu’awiyah and the others who were responsible for the crimes. History notes that it was on 9 Rabi’ul Awwal the year 67 A.H. when Mukhtar sent the head of Ubaydallah Ziyad to Imam Zainul Abedeen who was in Makkah at the time.